I visit the China Film Insider website ever so often to read about the latest movies and last month had read an article about how currently the most popular movies in China are those with “buddy love” storylines. I’d been noticing lately that a lot of the movies and series I have started to prefer as well have had a strong bromance and could see why they would do well.
Good examples of the bromance element can be found in Legend of the Demon Cat and Detective Chinatown 2. Because both movies are basically buddy cop murder mysteries and had a lot of common elements, despite taking place in different time periods and being different genres (historical drama versus modern comedy), I decided to review them together.
The trailer looks so cute, it’s not overly dramatic and the leads don’t act like they are stuck as teenagers. The Evolution of Our Love (爱情进化论) stars Zhang Tian Ai, Zhang Ruo Yun, and Xu Wei Zhou in a roller coaster ride of finding life-long love. They were friends in high school and that friendship goes on for the next 15 years+. He carries a torch for her and watches as she dates man after man, ultimately remaining unlucky in the field of love. Will his gentle soul and observant eyes turn her attention towards the person who’s been by her side all these years?
Everyone looks good, from main to supporting! YAY! If I could describe the plot in short terms, it would be In Time With You 2.0 because here our leads have been friends for 15 years, from their hormonal youth into adulthood. They support each other throughout the years and finally recognize that the best kind of love is the kind that grows along with you. Zhang Tian Ai is the go-getter at work but is unlucky with men (with that face?!) and Zhang Ruo Yun‘s the gentle soul with homely manners. Awww, their dynamics is gonna be uber sweet.